Cherise Smith is assistant professor of art history at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her PhD from Stanford University. Her dissertation examined how identity is negotiated in performance art by reading closely three different performances—one each by Adrian Piper, Eleanor Antin, and Anna Deavere Smith—in which the artist takes on the characteristics and manners of a racial, ethnic, and gender "other." Smith is the recipient of fellowships from the Saint Louis Art Museum as the Romare Bearden Fellow (1992–93), the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research at Harvard University, the ACLS/Luce Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation, among other institutions. She has worked in a number of museums, curated several exhibitions, and authored essays that appeared in Museum Studies, Let My People Go: Cairo, Illinois 1967-1973, Fotophile, and Rethinking the Black Arts Movement.